21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah.22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Enoch was, by all accounts, a faithful man. To do the math, he became a man of faith following the birth of his son, Methuselah when he was 65 years old. He then lived 300 more years, walking with God every day. The Bible doesn’t tell us why it took Enoch 65 years to begin his faithful walk with God, just that he did.
Enoch is one man who didn’t die in the usual sense; instead God simply took him away. Again, we have no details, just that it happened. I find several reasons to hope in this short passage. God didn’t hold it against Enoch that it took him many years to find God. God rejoiced that he did. God so enjoyed Enoch’s walk with the Lord that God couldn’t wait for Enoch to join God. God brought Enoch home to him.
Enoch certainly wasn’t perfect, but he obviously came to love God, and God loved him back. Never worry what your past was like. God looks at what is happening now with your heart and where you are going. Be faithful and walk with God, both today and all your tomorrows.
Loving God, you look inside the heart. You know how we feel. You don’t hold it against us if we were rebellious at one time. You don’t remember the sins of our past, but forgive us when we ask. Jesus took away all our inadequacies and failures, nailing them to the cross. We are free to walk with you, just like Enoch. Be with us, Lord, to make today’s walk a good one, a faithful one. Amen.